Fancy a drink, New York?
posted July 8, 2013 3:04 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri July 26 at 7:00 PM, Keg & Lantern
97 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
I'll be in Brooklyn on the week beginning 22 July and I wonder if any of you fine folks would care for a meet-up over a drink or two? ... Now confirmed for Friday 26 July at Keg & Lantern, 97 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 at 7pm but you can come at 8 or whatever. Also confirmed!: this meetup is officially named Colin.
I'd love to say hello to (and have a drink with) some MeFites while in town. I'm quite easy on locations (e.g. Manhattan is fine) and beverages, but apologies in advance that I am giving schoolnights as options. Feel free to set me a long and intricate series of tasks and/or riddles in order to determine if I may cause you acute tedium, or simply because you like pretending you are Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python's Holy Grail, e.g.

"If a meet-up thee wish to see
Answer these riddles forty-three
But make thy answers not too slow!
For the pass rate is actually extremely low"

I am picturing you as a gnarled, old wizard guarding a rope-bridge, but one that is bound to administer standardised tests, despite your lack of faith in the Government's "No Adventurer Left Behind" policy.
posted by the quidnunc kid to Meetup (105 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Don't mind me, I'll just be over here, weeping.
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:46 PM on July 8, 2013


Oh no! I'm going to miss the Quidnunc Kid! (I'll be in Ocean City that week, inconveniently far away.)
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:38 PM on July 8, 2013


I'm sorry to miss you, Rory; and I'm sorry I'm in the wrong town and country for you, Captain.

Also it now occurs to me that a proposed meet-up with a total stranger without a venue, time or date is unlikely to get many responses. What I might end up doing is comment my location every two hours and see if anyone from MetaFilter just happens to be in the same pub or bar.

Actually I might just get a metafilter t-shirt and hang around Times Square handing out vote #1 quidnunc kid flyers.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:43 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


handing out vote #1 quidnunc kid flyers.

Task 1: Insert yourself in this brawl as peacemaker
posted by lalochezia at 5:19 AM on July 9, 2013


Task 1:

MISSION ACCEPTED
posted by the quidnunc kid at 6:02 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I vote for the 26th because I can make it that day. Also I really really would like to buy you a drink.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:43 AM on July 9, 2013


But mostly Brooklyn meetups are on Wednesday so you could just pass out and wake up one at the 4th ave pub without any further effort.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:44 AM on July 9, 2013


Also it now occurs to me that a proposed meet-up with a total stranger without a venue, time or date is unlikely to get many responses.

This is not true

We are all desperate to escape the tedium of our little provincial town and we welcome outsiders with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of the very needy

So, enjoy!
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:50 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Seriously though visitors are the best! And I'm up for anything; I cleared my calendar.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:54 AM on July 9, 2013


Potomac A, young rope-rider - I dig you both, with a warm-and-tingly yet morally wholesome diggishness. Let's shoot for 26th July. Suggestions for a pleasant watering-hole near you gratefully accepted!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:04 AM on July 9, 2013


We live sort of apart but I am convenient to anything on the F or the West side of Manhattan. So maybe a lower midtown venue would be good.

Alternatively we can just Brooklyn it up, I'm more familiar with the spots around here.

quidnunc, whereish are you staying?
posted by the young rope-rider at 11:49 AM on July 9, 2013


I'll be staying in downtown Brooklyn and also in Williamsburg, largely depending on how drunk I am when it is time to go to sleep. But I am happy to come to a location decided on strict democratic principles or utter whim.

This is because I understand that New Yorkers have access to a delightful subterranean contraption that allows them to move at great speed through the very soil and rock itself, and to emerge in any of diverse locations far from their point of origin. I call this the TRANS-CTHONIC VELOCITATION CONTRIVANCE. I yearn to insert myself into its mechanoid grasp and let it scuttle me to and fro.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:29 PM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


If yer in Williamsburg then everything along the L is close to you, may I suggest RADIO BAR Aka my platonic ideal bar?
posted by The Whelk at 7:42 AM on July 11, 2013


You may! And I would love to have the opportunity to meet and pay my sincere respects to you, The Whelk (or Whelk, if I may). That feeling also applies to grobstein, unannihilated, Jahaza, Salamandrous, Eideteker and EmpressCallipygos in no particular order, in addition to the young rope-rider, Potomac Avenue, and pretty much anyone else who wanders by.

However: I beg you locals to opine on your favoured location, as I would be happy to meet any of you anywhere, but for youse guys there may be various areas that you are:

(i) too far away from;
(ii) allergic to;
(iii) unable to get to;
(iv) unable to get out of;
(v) subject to OFAC sanctions in; or
(vi) advised by your astrological advisers not to tarry in.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:56 AM on July 11, 2013


Well, hell, if you're in Brooklyn and you want ideas for Brooklyn places and people can talk about them, then I'm gonna make a pitch for Putnam's because it has cask beer and fabulous food and it is one block from my house which I realize benefits no one but me but it's still a good place.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:15 PM on July 11, 2013


I am quite possibly up for this!
posted by gaspode at 1:39 PM on July 14, 2013


Huzzah! But ... maybe we should pick a borough now ...
posted by the quidnunc kid at 3:30 PM on July 14, 2013


I'm going to officially "call" this meetup for 26th July (location pending), but grateful any further input/objections/statements of approval/death threats/book tokens/discount coupons, etc.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 6:05 AM on July 17, 2013


I like the 4th Ave Pub, it is solid and convenient.
posted by the young rope-rider at 6:21 PM on July 17, 2013


Is this a right after work event? If so, I vote for a place that has food. Actually, no matter what time this is happening I vote for a place that has food.
posted by unannihilated at 8:20 AM on July 18, 2013


I like the 4th Ave Pub, it is solid and convenient

The 4th Avenue Pub of 76 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States of America? DONE.

Is this a right after work event? If so, I vote for a place that has food. Actually, no matter what time this is happening I vote for a place that has food.

I am on hols, so happy to meet whenever is convenient to y'all (or, I'm happy to try to grab a beer garden space early and wait for whoever). So, say what's good for you. This 4th Avenue, does it do food apart from popcorn?

*GOOGLES*

Hmmm. I see. OK ... well, popcorn is technically a food. Exploded food. Do you want some kind of non-exploded food? Because non-exploded food is, in my opinion, just food that hasn't exploded yet. So you cannot trust that shit. And your safety at this meetup is my highest priority. On the other hand, maybe we can risk some place nearby which has pre-exploded food a.k.a., high-risk death-edibles. Tell me what makes sense, because as you can see I make absolutely no sense.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:29 AM on July 18, 2013


D'oh. Informing the out-of-towner fail. 4th Avenue Pub does NOT do food aside from popcorn, which is why I was chiming in that I wanted a place with food. I'd be up for trying Putnam's, mentioned above, though I'm really open to anything with both booze and food.
posted by unannihilated at 1:43 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cool - my bad, unannihilated. A food option is a sensible idea - even if that food could explode at any second, showering us with condiments and various dips. I shall pack a sponge.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:30 PM on July 18, 2013


Putnam's does indeed have food, and the food is very, very good - mac-and-cheese with black truffle, burgers, oyster po-boys, a few healthy veggie things, the last time I was there I had some grilled shrimp with lime and pepper and a couple dipping sauces as bar food.... and about 5 cocktails, and then another 5 beer cocktails, alongside a full bar which includes a few different kinds of whiskey and a ton of beer and their own cask beer and I know the owners so maybe they'd come say hi and I swear I'm going to calm down it's just that I really like that place.

I will issue the caveat that getting there may require a few blocks' walk from whichever subway or bus conveyance you prefer. The nearest subway is the G train, but there's an A/C a few blocks beyond - and a bunch of buses, but for some reason buses scare people so I always feel like warning people about that. Although, there IS a Citibike stand right out front.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:52 PM on July 18, 2013


Putnam's looks really great and I'd love to have a meetup there but I'm not sure the location is the best for a bigger meetup with people from other boroughs and Jersey and such. Maybe there's a third way...
posted by the young rope-rider at 3:14 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maybe ReBar. It's had successful large meetups, great food.
posted by the young rope-rider at 4:29 PM on July 18, 2013


I sorta liked Keg & Lantern although I didn't eat there; how's the food?
posted by lalex at 4:38 PM on July 18, 2013


Radio Bar, there is a sushi place next door, he said, in plaintive wail.
posted by The Whelk at 4:54 PM on July 18, 2013


I heard you can actually get food inside Rebar, and it's got a big space!
posted by grobstein at 7:07 PM on July 18, 2013


Shall we settle on Rebar then? Has food, and not too far from Manhattan ... if this is impossible for folks, please do tell me!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:45 PM on July 21, 2013


The place looks nice, but their food is insanely expensive. There is only one dinner under $20. More of a sit down dinner place type menu.
posted by unannihilated at 7:53 AM on July 22, 2013


I have been there and been to meetups there 3 or 4 times. It has an extensive bar food menu and a ton of space for mingling. It is a bit on the pricey side for Brooklyn but not for one-stop-from-Manhattan Brooklyn.

One benefit of a place like the 4th Ave Pub is that you can bring food in and order delivery so everyone can eat their preference/price point. I know that on multiple broke occasions my dinner was just their free popcorn!

Anyway, it's going to be hard to find something convenient with cheap good food that isn't also massively overrun with people or super loud etc. It's sort of a complicated problem.
posted by the young rope-rider at 1:08 PM on July 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I liked Keg & Lantern quite a bit too.
posted by the young rope-rider at 1:17 PM on July 22, 2013


Can't speak for all the Manhattanites, but as far as Brooklyn goes I think Keg & Lantern is fairly convenient. Also a reasonably priced food menu and great outdoor space.
posted by lalex at 1:26 PM on July 22, 2013


I'm good with Keg & Lantern.
posted by unannihilated at 2:32 PM on July 22, 2013


Keg & lantern it is, surely! Good night new york *hic* I love you *burp*!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:45 PM on July 22, 2013


Ah! That's like five blocks away from me!

Mr. Kid! Could you change the IRL thread from "proposed" to "meetup"? I believe only YOU have that power.
posted by Greg Nog at 4:42 AM on July 23, 2013


Seconded - or at least re-state all the details (time, date, place) in one comment for ease and convenience?

I'm too lazy to hunt the thread.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:15 AM on July 23, 2013


this is where q.kid disappears never to be heard from again isnt it?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:02 AM on July 23, 2013


Sorry all - will do.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:48 AM on July 23, 2013


Could I request to make it 7 instead of 8? Either that or I can just show up at 7 and start drinking alone.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:46 PM on July 23, 2013


I'm going to have to bow out of this as I will be receiving ALL OF THE FURNITURE that day and will be no doubt sore and cranky. Alas.
posted by The Whelk at 12:51 PM on July 23, 2013


You can do whatever you goddamn please. It's your meetup.
posted by unannihilated at 12:52 PM on July 23, 2013


Potomac, see you (and whoever else wants to come early) there at 7. We can write some postcards for The Whelk, Rory M, the Capt. and whoever else can't come, and distribute them via Thurn und Taxis, or something.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:07 PM on July 23, 2013


Oh wait, it's actually not Potomac's meet-up, I got my people mixed up. Grrrr, lack of delete feature.
posted by unannihilated at 1:52 PM on July 23, 2013


It's everyone's meetup, and it lives in all our hearts. And its name is Colin. Colin the Meetup. I may add that to the official details.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:46 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


And my theory that the Whelk is a ghost who cannot physically leave Manhattan is maintained.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:48 PM on July 23, 2013


Ghost Whelk, the phantastic phantasm! He haunts deliveries of furniture and eats only sushi!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:56 PM on July 23, 2013


Woo-hoo! I went bowling! Undefeated in America! Gonna retire now with a high score of 100!

OK this isn't meet-up related, but I thought you might like to know that I like your city here ...
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:48 PM on July 23, 2013


I can't wait for Colin.
posted by Eideteker at 8:33 AM on July 24, 2013


Rats, I'm gonna have to take a pass as well.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 11:15 AM on July 24, 2013


I passed on the last North Wiliamsburg one, and it bugged me for so long so I think I will try to figure out a way to come to my first Metafilter meetup. Be kind, o ye who have ridden this carousel many times.
posted by Liesl at 11:43 AM on July 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


THERE'S GOING TO BE A CAROUSEL???
posted by Eideteker at 11:51 AM on July 24, 2013


Someone should open a combo bar/carousel. Barousel. Then people can drink alcohol and then ride around in a circle while moving up and down, up and down, over and over again.

What could go wrong?
posted by Eideteker at 11:52 AM on July 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


THere's a bar in new Orleans that does kinda that Eide.
posted by The Whelk at 12:37 PM on July 24, 2013


Welcome, Liesl!
posted by the young rope-rider at 2:32 PM on July 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well, I'm gonna buck the trend of "shoot I can't make it" declarations and say I'm gonna be there, dammit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:52 PM on July 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Liesl, it's my first New York meet-up too. But we'll meet some lovely people, I'm sure; and have a nice drink or three. I am really looking forward to meeting some NYC mefites like your good self!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:56 PM on July 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I hope I can make it. I'ma try my durndest.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:58 AM on July 25, 2013


I thought you were the person who wasn't ballsy enough to drink alone that we were holding it at 7 for.
posted by unannihilated at 2:52 PM on July 25, 2013


I hope you can make it too!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:53 PM on July 25, 2013


Will anyone else be arriving earlier than 8?
posted by lalex at 3:05 PM on July 25, 2013


I will either be early or a no-show -- early because of work's Friday summer hours, but maybe no-show because I'm going to a wedding on Saturday.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:08 PM on July 25, 2013


I am showing up early and leaving early! #barblues
posted by likeatoaster at 5:12 PM on July 25, 2013


If I'm not at the vet, I'll be there before 8!
posted by ausdemfenster at 5:27 PM on July 25, 2013


I'll be there before 7, if I can find the place. Couldn't we have picked somewhere close to a (real) subway line? *grumble grumble*
posted by Eideteker at 5:41 PM on July 25, 2013


If only you had had an opportunity to provide location input in this thread!

xoxo

Narciso Covert
posted by lalex at 7:08 PM on July 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'll be there on the dot at 7pm, and I'll be wearing a white t-shirt with a large cartoon bear on it, so you can't miss me - I'll look like a stupid tourist dude with a cartoon bear t-shirt. Looking forward to chattin' with y'all, hope you can make it!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:30 PM on July 25, 2013


"If only you had had an opportunity to provide location input in this thread!"

Yeah, shame on me for trusting Brooklynites to pick a location accessible by something other than bicycle or ornithopter. =P

What time does the G stop running?

xoxo

Guy Incognito
posted by Eideteker at 6:38 AM on July 26, 2013


It's worth noting, for anyone who doesn't want to take the Totoro-catbus that is the G train, that the Keg and Lantern is also just a 10-15 minute walk from the Bedford stop on the L train. See you guys tonight!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:35 AM on July 26, 2013


I will be there at and so will grobstein
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:03 AM on July 26, 2013


That was unnecessarily mysterious! I will be there at 7pm and so will grobstein
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:43 AM on July 26, 2013


Thanks, Greg. That's useful information!

xoxo

Valentine Michael Smith
posted by Eideteker at 8:59 AM on July 26, 2013


The Keg and Lantern is also only half a block from a stop on the B62 bus, which you can pick up at Jay Street just outside an A/C/F/N subway stop.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:23 AM on July 26, 2013


Or, for all y'all coming from Queens, I think you can get it at Queensboro Plaza.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:25 AM on July 26, 2013


this is where I disappear never to be heard from again isnt it?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:59 AM on July 26, 2013


No, that happens when you least expect it.
posted by Eideteker at 11:43 AM on July 26, 2013


Well, it looks like i can definitely be there for 7 - because I am heading up to Williamsburg right now because I am bored.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:46 PM on July 26, 2013


Empress, can we be bored together? I am done with work here in Manhattan, just need to get ice cream or something before I get on the L train so I don't collapse since I worked straight through lunch. Will memail you my #
posted by oh yeah! at 1:31 PM on July 26, 2013


Bored as well, but can't leave because my manager is hovering. Srsly, like everyone but three people have left, this is ridic. WEEP WEEP CREI
posted by Eideteker at 2:09 PM on July 26, 2013


(of course, today would be the day I forget to throw the kindle into my purse. I am off the L train, slowly meandering towards the Keg & Lantern now)
posted by oh yeah! at 2:09 PM on July 26, 2013


I am astrally projecting myself there.
posted by The Whelk at 2:13 PM on July 26, 2013


I am at the bar, ordered a burger, my phone is down to a 49% charge and struggling mightily at refreshing. For anyone I haven't met before, I'm the redhead in a purple tank top & grey slacks.
posted by oh yeah! at 2:41 PM on July 26, 2013


Found an electrical outlet by the front entrance, 31% & rising, yay!
posted by oh yeah! at 3:17 PM on July 26, 2013


If I'm not at the vet, I'll be there before 8!

KITTENS > METAFILTER
posted by unannihilated at 3:31 PM on July 26, 2013


Be there at either 7 or 10 minutes thereafter, depending on my sense of direction ...
posted by the quidnunc kid at 3:37 PM on July 26, 2013


Ack - just was reading in the park and just noticed people are already there. Will be there in a few minutes.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:44 PM on July 26, 2013


I HAVE RIDDEN THE MIGHTY MOON WORMPUNY G TRAIN

We got a table inside, in the back. We are the nerds who are all plugged in to outlets.
posted by Eideteker at 3:46 PM on July 26, 2013


When you walk in, head towards the back but hang a Left.
posted by Eideteker at 3:55 PM on July 26, 2013


This place is not as hipster as I imagined ;-)
posted by the quidnunc kid at 3:59 PM on July 26, 2013


Oh wsait there's a wall of beercans. My bad.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:01 PM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Follow the signs to COLIN.
posted by Eideteker at 4:04 PM on July 26, 2013


! [flag us and move on]
posted by Eideteker at 5:58 PM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just had the most lovely time meeting you all, the highlight of my holiday. Hope you're all home safe and thank you each and every one for stepping out tonight!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:32 PM on July 26, 2013


Just gonna point out that the race for NYC Mayor is wide open.
posted by lalex at 10:17 PM on July 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Vote 1 me! You have the badges!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:53 PM on July 26, 2013


I have been Scared Straight! It was lovely to meet quidnunc kid and Liesl and I enjoyed the fries quite a bit!
posted by the young rope-rider at 5:48 AM on July 27, 2013


It was so great to see everyone last night! quidnunc kid, I hope the rest of your trip is fantastic! Liesl, I hope we see you at another meetup soon!
posted by ausdemfenster at 7:26 AM on July 27, 2013


WHERE DID EVERYONE GET THEIR #1 QUIDNUNC BUTTONS?????? WE WANT EM! I'M CALLING MY MP!
posted by grobstein at 12:02 PM on July 27, 2013


Oh yeah ... my rampant narcissism came out at last drinks, and it brought some merch. There are spares! Also some small London Underground bookmarks, a tiny token of my appreciation, which are much more useful and less silly than the badges.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:44 PM on July 27, 2013


Where to get the surplusage? I want everyone to know how I voted!

We need two! Vote #1 quidnunc followon meetup!
posted by grobstein at 3:37 PM on July 27, 2013


Hey, I never got a badge!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:09 PM on July 27, 2013


Sorry, I only remembered at the end, I was having such a fun time! I believe spares are available from the late night crew, failing which I promise to mail you some genuine quidnunc kid paraphernalia.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:42 PM on July 27, 2013


I have two extras! First come, first served.
posted by lalex at 4:48 PM on July 27, 2013


Thanks, everyone, for the welcome. Hazard out.
posted by Liesl at 10:57 AM on July 28, 2013



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